Hi friends! Happy Thursday!
What a week! Drew has a 2 day work week and then we’re off to our first family road trip. We’re going to show Maxwell where mom + dad met: the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse + introduce him to more of our friends. Our little family is soaking in our first summer together + at this point we’re not afraid to pack this little one up + take him on an adventure. Especially if Drew + I are together. Our new car strategy is one of us sits in the back with him. Let’s just say Max doesn’t love his car seat or being in the back by himself, but with one of us back there with him he does pretty darn well!
Onto the blog of the day…
I heard the story of Sarah Brown a while back. To give you the brief: she was training for the Olympics when she became pregnant. She made the decision to continue her training through pregnancy + chase her dream of being an Olympian. Sarah + her husband/coach Darren Brown knew they would have very limited time postpartum (her babe was born in March) before the US Olympic Track and Field Trials in her quest to compete at the Rio Olympics (her 1500 preliminary race is today!). This meant she had to train HARD during pregnancy. Her health care team was supportive in this venture + she worked closely with a women’s health physical therapist during + after pregnancy. The Browns educated themselves + asked questions in order to continue to safely train.
You might be thinking: why would she get pregnant during the BIGGEST year for Olympic athletes? Well, it’s none of our business. But, Sarah decided to share that her little bundle was unplanned. Her + her husband (isn’t he the sweetest in the video? you can just feel his excitement) used an IUD for birth control which is 99% effective.
In her words: As athletes we often like to believe we are in control and the one calling all the shots. However, sometimes life has bigger challenges and blessings in store for us. God humbly reminded me that He has plans for my life … and they are good plans. I have been blessed to be called a friend, daughter, sister, wife, athlete and now I will have the privilege of being called mom. Sarah Brown on her blog BTEAMRUNNING.
Sarah + her husband welcomed a healthy baby girl! And then this momma continued her training.
Each of us is on our own journey in the postpartum period because everyone has a different body, a different experience, + different goals. Sarah had a huge time crunch because she desired to return to an elite level of fitness by July. We’re talking Olympian elite.
Along my postpartum journey I’ve been encouraging myself + others to take a slow + steady approach. For me, fitness is a journey with no endpoint + I have the luxury of not having to peak at a certain time. I’m able to focus on healing + now I’m slowly getting back into shape.
I cannot imagine the pressure of trying to prepare for such a demanding event SO quickly after having a baby. Sarah has been working all of her adult life for this opportunity though, so I can understand why quitting or postponing until “next time” wasn’t an option.
Like many, I’m SO inspired by her. I stand behind her. I’m going to be cheering for her.
Sarah received a ton of social media backlash for training hard during pregnancy. Here are the comments Sarah read during the video:
“Selfish bitch…thinking of herself, not her baby.”
“She is already a whack job, cannot imagine what type of parent she’ll be.”
What? It makes me incredibly sad that anybody would hide behind their computer + make these mean + absurd comments. Even if you disagree with her training, taking it to a personal level is completely unnecessary.
Many of you know that I worked out + even pushed myself during pregnancy. I did listen to my body + I performed the “talk test” during my workouts if I was going harder. Meaning, I would make sure I could talk as a way to check my level of exertion. My OB Dr. Weidel was supportive + encouraged me to workout 5 times a week. She recommended the talk test + wasn’t too worried about the heart rate (a number that floats around out there a lot is to not go above 140, this number comes from outdated knowledge + is no longer the recommendation). As mentioned briefly in the video above, Sarah’s OB recommended 90% of age predicted max heart rate. For me, this would workout to 171. Many times I would cruise right past 140 and head up to the high 160s. At the end of pregnancy, my heart rate would climb faster + higher than normal due to the increased blood volume, increased weight, + increased fluid.
I did get some negative comments during the journey, although not as harsh as the ones above. Whether it be from a coworker or a fellow gym goer. And even postpartum, I’ve had people comment about exercising negative influencing my milk supply.
As Sarah said, often these comments come from people that do not have the education to back it up. They are basing their comments on outdated knowledge.
I have + continue to listen carefully to my healthcare providers + educate myself. I knew what to stay away from + warning signs to slow down. I’m seeing a women’s health physical therapist before returning to high impact (running/plyometrics) or core specific exercises. I’m being extra cautious with this body that gave me sweet little Maxwell. I have the time to take my time, knowing full well that there are plenty of safe exercises for me to do in the meantime.
My pregnancy went great, my delivery was uncomplicated, + I’m already feeling almost back to normal postpartum. As far as my supply: my boobs are bursting with milk. My little one is gaining weight at a great pace + I’m even storing about 15-20 oz a day! Supply is no problem over here.
Here is what I’ll say: talk openly with your healthcare providers + educate yourself if you are pregnant or in the postpartum period.
I would be really cautious about judging other people or being a negative Nancy to those of us that continue to workout + push ourselves during pregnancy. It is SO beneficial to pregnant women + their little babes when momma works out + eats well.
So all the Judgy McJudgersons can simply move out of our way as we strive toward our goals: to be strong + fit mamas.
Along with many other supporters I say: GO SARAH GO! Best of luck tonight! Get it mama!